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by Sara D
Tue Nov 13, 2018 1:38 am
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: Francis Lai 1932 - 2018
Replies: 13
Views: 193

Re: Francis Lai 1932 - 2018

I first became aware of the song 'À Bicyclette' as recorded by Yves Montand on a family holiday in France in the early 70s but it was only fairly recently that I discovered it was composed by Lai.
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=Xzbrjxqwpoo
by Sara D
Sat Nov 10, 2018 1:20 am
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: Francis Lai 1932 - 2018
Replies: 13
Views: 193

Re: Francis Lai 1932 - 2018

Yes, even when it may be as much as forty or fifty years since they wrote their best-loved music it still feels like a terrible loss when great composers go. I love to hear all the sumptuous chords to perhaps Francis Lai's most famous tune played on the piano. https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=izotHO8p8h4
by Sara D
Mon Oct 29, 2018 5:32 am
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: New Elvis Costello album
Replies: 55
Views: 2234

Re: New Elvis Costello album

Putting to one side questions of taste and decency, I don't think the original last line, "Or we're all fucked", was ever going to be very singable and I'm glad the record company got Bacharach to change it to, "Before it's too late". As Elvis Costello was involved in the recordi...
by Sara D
Fri Oct 26, 2018 5:06 pm
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: New Elvis Costello album
Replies: 55
Views: 2234

Re: New Elvis Costello album

If Bacharach's only contribution to 'He's Given Me Things' is but a single chord change then I doubt if it was much more for this collaboration from more than a decade ago. My feeling is that even a team of highly skilled musicologists would struggle to detect a single note of Bacharach in this. ht...
by Sara D
Mon Oct 22, 2018 2:39 am
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: New Elvis Costello album
Replies: 55
Views: 2234

Re: New Elvis Costello album

I can't say I hear much or anything of Carole King in that 'Burnt Sugar' song. While I've never been a big fan of hers and have never bought any of her albums, I think she has a pleasant if limited singing voice and I like the way she accompanies herself on the piano. My sister used to play her 'Rhy...
by Sara D
Mon Oct 15, 2018 12:24 pm
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: New Elvis Costello album
Replies: 55
Views: 2234

Re: New Elvis Costello album

Here's another of the songs from the album co-written with Bacharach, 'Photographs Can Lie'. Once again EC's in splendid voice on this.
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=31_kTZcX0LI
by Sara D
Mon Oct 08, 2018 1:33 am
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: New Elvis Costello album
Replies: 55
Views: 2234

Re: New Elvis Costello album

Elvis sounds in really good voice on all the tracks I've heard from the album.
by Sara D
Mon Oct 08, 2018 1:28 am
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: Concert choice
Replies: 22
Views: 1140

Re: Concert choice

I believe it's not so much the beautiful melodies rather it's the sophisticated chord structures that draw jazz musicians towards Michel Legrand's compositions and pianist Bill Evans in particular seems to have had a natural affinity with his music.
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=AvNgM1gIxE0
by Sara D
Fri Sep 28, 2018 2:16 pm
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: Streisand "Walls"
Replies: 6
Views: 444

Re: Streisand "Walls"

grooverider wrote:......Here is the title song, cowritten by Alan & Marilyn Bergman, "Walls":

https://youtu.be/cWk5fwhul0c


Of course, the song is in fact 'Don't Lie to Me' and is an obvious dig at the man with the world's most famous comb-over and was written by Streisand herself.
by Sara D
Mon Sep 24, 2018 1:37 am
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: Concert choice
Replies: 22
Views: 1140

Re: Concert choice

I was talking to my husband about the jazz pianist Bill Evans and what we had of his in our collection when he reminded me about the album he made with Tony Bennett which included Michel Legrand's and Alan and Marilyn Bergman's 'You Must Believe in Spring', a staple of late night jazz radio shows. h...
by Sara D
Fri Sep 21, 2018 8:58 am
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: Concert choice
Replies: 22
Views: 1140

Re: Concert choice

Hank, it's a shame she only sang part of the song. The great singers have tended to make a meal out of 'What Are You Doing the Rest of Your Life' but thankfully Rosemary Clooney sings it with a lot of restraint.
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=-NZs8Frsa6I
by Sara D
Tue Sep 11, 2018 1:39 am
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: Neil Simon 1927 - 2018
Replies: 5
Views: 711

Re: Neil Simon 1927 - 2018

Neil Simon also wrote the (excellent) lyrics for "And Then He Walked Right Through the Door." Like "Seconds," it was originally intended for a proposed film adaptation of PROMISES, PROMISES. Dionne Warwick's long-unreleased recording was finally made available in 2013 on Dionne'...
by Sara D
Tue Sep 04, 2018 3:14 am
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: R.I.P. ... Vincent Cole
Replies: 19
Views: 1497

Re: R.I.P. ... Vincent Cole

While he would often share in our joy by responding when someone posted a positive review of one of Bacharach's shows, he would also be moved to comment when he thought someone had stepped out of line or had been mean-spirited in their opinions. He just came across as a lovely man and his presence i...
by Sara D
Sat Aug 25, 2018 5:02 am
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: Burt Bacharach London 2018 on BBC Radio 2
Replies: 7
Views: 868

Re: Burt Bacharach London 2018 on BBC Radio 2

Davide Bonori wrote:Unfortunately they cut the two new songs written with Melody Federer (“Bridges” e “Blanket Capes”) ...


If the Radio 2 producer hadn't decided to feature the three hit records at the start of the program there would have been more than enough time to include the two Melody Federer songs.
by Sara D
Tue Jul 24, 2018 10:41 pm
Forum: The Burt Bacharach Forum
Topic: With A Voice
Replies: 19
Views: 2086

Re: With A Voice

The song gave me goosebumps when I heard it performed in Oxford last week and I and it seemed the whole audience loved it judging by the reception it got. Apparently the ink is barely dry on this composition with lyrics by Billy Mann and I can understand Bacharach's haste in getting the song out in ...

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